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Search begins for 1998s best manager

THIS WEEK sees the launch of ICEs Civil Engineering Manager of the Year award 1998.

ICEs premier award for management is designed to recognise excellence in management skills of chartered engineers throughout the profession, whether they are responsible for a small team on a modest assignment or in charge of a megaproject.

Each year since the award began in 1994 there has been intense competition during the final among managers of widely contrasting tasks. But in one aspect all the finalists have had a common characteristic. They were all such excellent managers that they were very modest about themselves and somewhat reluctant to enter the award to start with.

As a result, this year the ICE is targeting the very top management of companies to nominate their rising stars to enter the award.

Rules of the competition are brief and to the point. It is open to: Chartered civil engineers involved in the management of any phase of a civil engineering or building project, or in the management of operations or maintenance of any business activity. For this years award the operation involved must have been completed within the period from 1 June 1997 to 19 June 1998.

Eligibility is deliberately left wide open to allow for and emphasise the wide range of activities in which civil engineers are involved. During its four years the award has been won by by a clients project manager, a consultant bringing a design to planning, a contractors manager pioneering re-entry to Middle East construction and the project manager of a highly successful motorway widening scheme.

Finalists have ranged from a manager in charge of merging two piling businesses to one project manager in charge of an emergency repair to a nuclear reactor and another charged with designing and delivering a water transfer pipeline system to cope with a major drought.

Entry forms are available by phoning ICE on direct line (0171) 665 2216 or fax (0171) 233 1806. They must be returned by 19 June. The judges need a 1,500 word synopsis, of which 500 words should outline the work for which the engineer is responsible as a manager and the main section should describe the entrants specific mangement role and contribution to it.

Judges include an ICE vice-president, leaders of industry who are senior members of the Institution, the 1997 winner Stephen Tarr of Balfour Beatty, and representatives of co-sponsors John Laing Construction, the Institute of Management and New Civil Engineer.

Four finalists will be called to interview with the judges at the ICE on 8 September 1998. On the same day they will be invited to give a public presentation in the Institutions Telford Theatre before a dinner, during which the outright winner will be announced. The winner will secure a medal, a 500 prize and an interview in NCE.

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